Concert program set for West End Library

The West End Library will host Erica Ward and Ross Thompson, resident teaching artists of the Alameda String Academy, in Astor Piazzolla's "Histoire du Tango for Violin and Guitar," on Feb. 4.

The program, which begins at 7 p.m., explores the past and present of guitar music and features Piazzolla's "Histoire du Tango" ("History of the Tango"), a cycle of Appalachian songs by American composer Robert Beaser, and new works by Ross Thompson.

Violinist Erica Ward is the director of the Alameda String Academy. A native of Portland, Oregon, she has degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

English-born composer and guitarist Ross Thompson is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has graduate and post graduate degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Royal College of Music in London.

The Alameda String Academy offers lessons in violin, viola, cello and guitar for students of all ages, with a particular focus on chamber music.

The concert is part of an occasional series of community culture programs at the library at 788 Santa Clara Ave.

Call 510-747-7767 for information.

Relay for Life set for Encinal High School


Advertisement

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life will take place June 21-22 at Encinal High School. People can learn more at the event's kick-off at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave., where the Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, will perform.

Suggested donation is $15 at the door, which open at 6 p.m. An optional dinner is available at 5 p.m. for $15. E-mail strauss.mj@gmail.com for dinner reservations.

During the 24-hour relay participants take turns walking laps around the high school track as a way to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. Since 1995, when Alameda was the first local city to host a relay, the event has raised $1,474,561.49 for cancer research and services.

For information, including to register a team, become a sponsor, volunteer on a committee or to donate, go to www.RelayForLife.org/AlamedaCA or call Lisa Leverton at 510-834-3800.

Van Sickle Scholarship application period open

Applications are now being accepted for the $5,000 Ken and Shirley Van Sickle Scholarship from graduating seniors at the city's public high schools who are also Alameda residents.

Selection is based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership ability and financial need.

The scholarship is named in honor of Ken and Shirley Van Sickle, educators who together devoted more than 50 years to the education of Alameda's students. Now in its 27th year, the scholarship was established by their son Keith, a 1976 graduate of Alameda High School who later earned degrees at Stanford and Harvard universities.

Last year, the scholarship was awarded to Naza Djelic, now a freshman at Mills College. Djelic attended Encinal High School.

Deadline for applications is Feb. 22 and the award will be made in May. Application forms are available at each high school's counseling office.